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Norsk Folkemuseum

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Kandalama Hotel

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Academy of Sciences

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Waldspirale

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Visit a living roof...

Many contemporary architects are embracing the green movement by incorporating living roofs into their designs. New buildings from the US, to Europe, and Asia are helping turn purely urban landscapes into green spaces. However, there are some living roofs that stand out among the rest.

At the Norsk Folkemuseum in Oslo, Norway visitors can visit an open air museum featuring traditional turf roof buildings.  In Sri Lanka one can visit the Heritance Kandalama Hotel, designed by renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, which has been acclaimed as one of the most eco-friendly hotels in the world. The new Academy of Sciences building in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, allows visitors an up close look at over thirty different species of plants. The museum also plans to reintroduce endangered butterfly species to the habitat. The unique architecture of the Waldspirale, a residential building in Darmstadt, Germany, boasts an intensive living roof with beech, maple, and lime trees, as well as other grasses and shrubs.

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